If your home university does not have a valid student exchange agreement with the University of Helsinki but you would like to study at the University for an academic term/semester or year, you can apply for visiting student status (i.e. non-exchange/freemover student). CIMO scholarship recipients, FIRST students and Erasmus trainees* should also apply for visiting student status. Visiting students receive credits for their studies, but are not able to obtain a degree.
Each faculty at the University of Helsinki has its own individual application procedure and application requirements. Students who want to study mainly in the Faculty of Arts send their applications directly to the Faculty.
If you are a postgraduate/PhD level/third cycle student (Framework for Qualifications of the European Higher Education Area), please follow the instructions of the Postgraduate Services of the Faculty of Arts (fixed-term study right).
If you are a BA or MA student (first or second cycle in the Framework for Qualifications of the European Higher Education Area), you should apply to the Faculty of Arts as instructed below:
Visiting student status is normally valid for an academic semester or a maximum of one academic year (1.9 - 31.5). Visiting students must typically have a valid study right before and after their visiting student period; if you do not, please contact us via hum-international[a]helsinki.fi well in advance to see if you are eligible to apply.
Application deadlines for undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA) students are the same as for exchange students (unless, due to exceptional circumstances, it has been approved by us that you apply later), as follows. 1) For the full academic year or autumn semester: 15 April for citizens of non-EU/EEA member states and 15 May for citizens of EU/EEA member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland; and 2) For the spring semester: 30 September for citizens of non-EU/EEA member states and 15 October for citizens of EU/EEA member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
First begin your application via the electronic form (1) and complete the application by sending the printed and signed form with the attachments (2-6) below by mail to: Faculty of Arts/Faculty Office, Student Services P.O. Box 24, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland. Please note that all required attachments must arrive at the latest on the day of the application deadline. Once you have uploaded the following documents (in pdf form, max. 5MB) to your Mobility Online application, you can check via email prior to mailing them that they are sufficient:
- Application portal (Mobility Online) starting page; first choose the heading for visiting student applications at the top of the page (see picture). You can write your statement of purpose either on your application form or a separate attachment. Print and sign the application form.
An authorised university or school official or a notary public must officially certify all copies. If you cannot obtain home university documents in Finnish, Swedish or English, all translations must be done by a certified translator. We also accept original documents in German or French.
- Your university diploma, if you have graduated with a university degree, and your university transcript or grade sheet (indicating the grading and credit system of the institution).
- Certificate of Language skills
- A study/research plan containing mostly studies in the Faculty of Arts. A list of the courses you plan to take including course codes and course names. More information on courses can be found under the heading: "Exchange and visiting student applicants - Learning Agreement & Statement of Purpose".
- A statement from your home university confirming your study/research plan, i.e. stating that the studies/research you intend to complete at the University of Helsinki will be accepted for your degree at your home university.
- If you have received a scholarship (e.g. from the Fulbright Center or CIMO), please enclose a copy of the decision.
The University of Helsinki requires that the student have very good language skills (both oral and written) in at least one of the following languages: Finnish, Swedish or English. Please note that fluent language skills in English (or Finnish/Swedish) are vital for successful studies at the University of Helsinki. If the language requirements are not met, the Faculty of Arts will not accept you. The faculty or department has a right to request further clarification of your language skills if it considers that they might be insufficient for successfully studying at the faculty or department. The Faculty of Arts has the right to reject the application if it is concluded that the language skills of the applicant are insufficient for studies[J4] .
If you are applying to study a philology subject, translation studies or language studies, please note that your skills in the language in question will be evaluated by the department/subject based on your transcript or other documents from your home university containing information on your previous studies.
For ways of proving your language skills in Finnish or in Swedish, please see the University's admissions website.
Most students must present a certificate of their English-language skills. Very good language skills refers to level B2 on the CEFR scale. The criteria proving language skills in English are as follows:
- You are studying at your home university in a programme taught in English (this must be certified in the application enclosures).
- Your language skills in English (B2) are listed on your home university’s Transcript of Credits.
- Your home university is a partner university of the University of Helsinki and you are submitting a Language Certificate with the CEFR scale (e.g. on this University of Helsinki form) signed by an English teacher at your home university. The minimum is an overall grade of B2.
For more ways of proving your language skills in English, please see the University's admissions website.
SELECTION OF STUDENTS
The receiving discipline/department is asked to review the visiting student applications, and the dean makes the decision based on its suggestions. All applicants will be informed via email when the student selection decision has been made. All accepted students will receive an official acceptance letter and a signed Study Plan via email.
If you have further questions please contact the International Student Advisor of the Faculty of Arts (hum-international(a)helsinki.fi).
*Information for Erasmus trainees (SMP=Student Mobility for Placements): Concerning the Erasmus Placement Programme (SMP), the University of Helsinki is one of several possible employers. The University recommends that practicing student interns should be taken into an employment relationship with the University. Issues concerning responsibilities and insurance must be considered by the employing unit. In addition, the students are strongly recommended to have good personal insurance. If Erasmus SMP interns wish to obtain student status and the right to study at the Faculty (including benefitting from student services and the possibility of student discounts), they must apply as visiting students within the deadlines to the Faculty they plan to study or receive ECTS credits in. The prerequisites are that the student has already secured a host, will take courses and will receive ECTS credits. The credits completed at the University of Helsinki should be transferred to the student's home institution to be integrated into the student's degree programme there. NB! If a training agreement is required, it should be agreed upon with, and signed by, the host/employing unit.
If you have been granted a study right only for the autumn semester, you can apply by 15 October to the Faculty of Arts Study Office for an extension through the spring semester.